Watching the adorable indie cult film Son of Rambow and remembering the also-recent Be Kind Rewind, I was struck by this adorable idea of film nuts recreating their favorite movies, be it for fame and recognition or desperation and profit. Both films are hilarious because the subjects are so DIY that they can’t match the originals and instead come up with lovable copies where the gap between the original manufactured reality and the fan’s version of it are so wide and implausible that it’s ridiculously hilarious.
But what if this premise got transferred over to the realm of music? True that there have been bands that have done full album covers- recently the Dirty Projectors did so with Black Flag and Abbey Road has been covered more than once in its entirety for instance (not to mention Phish’s tradition of Halloween shows where they did whole album covers).
What I was thinking though was ‘wouldn’t this idea also make a great film?’ Think of it as another mis-matched comedy. Let’s say that a group of inspired stoners decided to recreate Sgt Pepper with very limited resources? Not only would it be funny to see them try it but you could also have all kinds of interesting (and insane) conversations and arguments about the songs and the album itself. Ditto with other classics like Thriller or Appetite for Destruction or Purple Rain or Who’s Next, all high tech monuments of technology that could easily be exploited by unwashed fans. One request to any producer that does mount such a quest- please pass some royalty points my way, OK…?